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Two ministers of religion added to Tivoli compensation committee

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 6:44 PM
Court of Appeal president Seymour Panton will chair the Compensation Committee

Ministers of Religion Rennard White and Bishop Herro Blair Jnr are to join retired Court of Appeal president Seymour Panton on the compensation committee that will investigate and determine claims for aggrieved persons in the May 2010 West Kingston police-military operation.

Panton was earlier this month named as the committee chair.

Attorney-at-law Carlene Larmond will serve as Legal Advisor to the committee. 

Today, the Justice Minister Delroy Chuck met with the three-member committee.

The Compensation Committee will consider cases where claims had already been filed by persons who suffered losses in the incursion as well as cases where preliminary compensation had been awarded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

It will also assess cases where no claim had been made to date but where people may be eligible to receive awards.

The Committee is expected to conclude its work within nine months as recommended by the Commission of Enquiry Report.

Meanwhile, the Ad Hoc Committee of Cabinet that was established in June to review the report and recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has completed its work and prepared a final report for the consideration.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will lead the ministerial presentations to Parliament with an apology to the people of West Kingston and Jamaica.

The Ministers of Justice and National Security will also speak on progress that has been made to date, in the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Commission of Enquiry.